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Acts 8

ESV 1 And Saul approved of his execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. MSG 1 That set off a terrific persecution of the church in Jerusalem. The believers were all scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. All, that is, but the apostles. ESV 2 Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him. MSG 2 Good and brave men buried Stephen, giving him a solemn funeral - not many dry eyes that day! ESV 3 But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison. MSG 3 And Saul just went wild, devastating the church, entering house after house after house, dragging men and women off to jail. ESV 4 Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word. MSG 4 Forced to leave home base, the Christians all became missionaries. Wherever they were scattered, they preached the Message about Jesus. ESV 5 Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ. MSG 5 Going down to a Samaritan city, Philip proclaimed the Message of the Messiah. ESV 6 And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip when they heard him and saw the signs that he did. MSG 6 When the people heard what he had to say and saw the miracles, the clear signs of God's action, they hung on his every word. ESV 7 For unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. MSG 7 Many who could neither stand nor walk were healed that day. The evil spirits protested loudly as they were sent on their way. ESV 8 So there was much joy in that city. MSG 8 And what joy in the city! ESV 9 But there was a man named Simon, who had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, saying that he himself was somebody great. MSG 9 Previous to Philip's arrival, a certain Simon had practiced magic in the city, posing as a famous man and dazzling all the Samaritans with his wizardry. ESV 10 They all paid attention to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, "This man is the power of God that is called Great." MSG 10 He had them all, from little children to old men, eating out of his hand. They all thought he had supernatural powers, and called him "the Great Wizard." ESV 11 And they paid attention to him because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic. MSG 11 He had been around a long time and everyone was more or less in awe of him. ESV 12 But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. MSG 12 But when Philip came to town announcing the news of God's kingdom and proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ, they forgot Simon and were baptized, becoming believers right and left! ESV 13 Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And seeing signs and great miracles performed, he was amazed. MSG 13 Even Simon himself believed and was baptized. From that moment he was like Philip's shadow, so fascinated with all the God-signs and miracles that he wouldn't leave Philip's side. ESV 14 Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, MSG 14 When the apostles in Jerusalem received the report that Samaria had accepted God's Message, they sent Peter and John down ESV 15 who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, MSG 15 to pray for them to receive the Holy Spirit. ESV 16 for he had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. MSG 16 Up to this point they had only been baptized in the name of the Master Jesus; the Holy Spirit hadn't yet fallen on them. ESV 17 Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit. MSG 17 Then the apostles laid their hands on them and they did receive the Holy Spirit. ESV 18 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money, MSG 18 When Simon saw that the apostles by merely laying on hands conferred the Spirit, he pulled out his money, excited, ESV 19 saying, "Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit." MSG 19 and said, "Sell me your secret! Show me how you did that! How much do you want? Name your price!" ESV 20 But Peter said to him, "May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! MSG 20 Peter said, "To hell with your money! And you along with it. Why, that's unthinkable - trying to buy God's gift! ESV 21 You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God. MSG 21 You'll never be part of what God is doing by striking bargains and offering bribes. ESV 22 Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. MSG 22 Change your ways - and now! Ask the Master to forgive you for trying to use God to make money. ESV 23 For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity." MSG 23 I can see this is an old habit with you; you reek with money-lust." ESV 24 And Simon answered, "Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me." MSG 24 "Oh!" said Simon, "pray for me! Pray to the Master that nothing like that will ever happen to me!" ESV 25 Now when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans. MSG 25 And with that, the apostles were on their way, continuing to witness and spread the Message of God's salvation, preaching in every Samaritan town they passed through on their return to Jerusalem. ESV 26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This is a desert place. MSG 26 Later God's angel spoke to Philip: "At noon today I want you to walk over to that desolate road that goes from Jerusalem down to Gaza." ESV 27 And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship MSG 27 He got up and went. He met an Ethiopian eunuch coming down the road. The eunuch had been on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and was returning to Ethiopia, where he was minister in charge of all the finances of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. ESV 28 and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. MSG 28 He was riding in a chariot and reading the prophet Isaiah. ESV 29 And the Spirit said to Philip, "Go over and join this chariot." MSG 29 The Spirit told Philip, "Climb into the chariot." ESV 30 So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?" MSG 30 Running up alongside, Philip heard the eunuch reading Isaiah and asked, "Do you understand what you're reading?" ESV 31 And he said, "How can I, unless someone guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. MSG 31 He answered, "How can I without some help?" and invited Philip into the chariot with him. ESV 32 Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this: "Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he opens not his mouth. MSG 32 The passage he was reading was this: As a sheep led to slaughter, and quiet as a lamb being sheared, He was silent, saying nothing. ESV 33 In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth." MSG 33 He was mocked and put down, never got a fair trial. But who now can count his kin since he's been taken from the earth? ESV 34 And the eunuch said to Philip, "About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?" MSG 34 The eunuch said, "Tell me, who is the prophet talking about: himself or some other?" ESV 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. MSG 35 Philip grabbed his chance. Using this passage as his text, he preached Jesus to him. ESV 36 And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?" MSG 36 As they continued down the road, they came to a stream of water. The eunuch said, "Here's water. Why can't I be baptized?" ESV 38 And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. MSG 38 He ordered the chariot to stop. They both went down to the water, and Philip baptized him on the spot. ESV 39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. MSG 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of God suddenly took Philip off, and that was the last the eunuch saw of him. But he didn't mind. He had what he'd come for and went on down the road as happy as he could be. ESV 40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea. MSG 40 Philip showed up in Azotus and continued north, preaching the Message in all the villages along that route until he arrived at Caesarea.

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